A day after two Indian Air Force fighter jets — a Sukhoi 30 and a Mirage 2000 — crashed near Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior, the black box of Mirage 2000 and a part of the flight data recorder of Su-30MKI jet were found in the wreckage on Sunday.

A black box, or the flight data recorder, is an electronic recording device placed in an aircraft and helps in the investigation of flight accidents.

“The black box of the Mirage aircraft has been found from the wreckage in the Pahargarh area of Morena. A part of the Sukhoi aircraft’s black box has also been found and the remaining part of the recorder might have fallen in Bharatpur,” Morena Superintendent of Police Ashutosh Bagri said, as reported by PTI.

The two frontline combat aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed during a training mission in Morena on Saturday, resulting in the death of a wing commander, while two other pilots ejected safely.

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Both the fighter jets had taken off from the Gwalior Air Force base and the wreckage of the crashed aircraft was found in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, and Morena, Madhya Pradesh.

Defence experts have said it is probable that the Russian-designed Sukhoi-30MKI jet and the French Mirage-2000 had a mid-air collision, but there was no official comment on it from the IAF.

A high-level probe has been ordered into the accident, officials earlier said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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